Marijuana has changed a lot since it was made illegal in 1937. It has changed drastically within the last 10 years. Umpteen states have medical marijuana state laws and now Colorado and Washington have legalized it for recreational use. People are accepting marijuana into pop culture more and more everyday. Years ago, most smokers tried to hide toking up in public. Now I see more people publicly smoking without trying to hide it. Which I think is a great thing to an extent. There is a time and place to do that. If you’re in other sticky situations where marijuana is not highly accepted then you need some stealth moves.
The HMJ staff has each written out a little about some of their ways to smoke your weed in stealth.
I have only had a few occasions in my life when stealthy smoking was necessary. In those situations, I tried several tricks but none of them were that effective so my contribution is more about telling you what NOT to do. I tried smoking out of the window, tried turning on showers so that the smoke could get into the steam from the shower, and putting towels under doors. None of those things worked. In both situations, the people eventually found out that I was blazing. It might have been because I started to get careless when I would smoke. So here are my rules for getting with smoking:
- Go outside if you can. If you MUST smoke, make sure to get a can of ozium for the after effects.
- Don’t get lazy with cleaning up. Make sure the smell is clear and there are no roaches or lighters lying around. Those can all be giveaways.
- Consider alternate ways of smoking like vaporizing or dabs that tend to leave less of a smell.
My personal stealthy smoking technique would have to be my NO2 vaporizer. It has a mouth piece that happens to look like a McDonalds straw so I take fast food drink cups, put the vape in the cup, and stick the mouth piece through the cover. Everyone assumes I’m drinking sprite!
Disclaimer: This is probably THE most I’ve ever done in life to hide my smoke.
The stealthiest way to smoke is to smoke by people smoking cigarettes. The disgusting and overpowering smell of cigarette smoke with mask the smell of your weed. There is nothing better to kill the smell of marijuana than cigarette smoke. Nobody is going to be looking at you smoking a one hitter or a small joint if you just blend in. It’s pretty simple if you can get past the smell of cigarettes. I smoke cigarettes, so I am somewhat bias.
Since, generally, it’s the fragrance that causes difficulties (though I think the fragrance creates joy) for stealth we turn to the vaporizer. Very few uninitiated are familiar with that aroma. Still prudent to open a window.
I remember when I was in college in Georgia and marijuana was still very much illegal, both technically and culturally. I used to romanticize and ruminate about how cool it would be to walk home from a class while smoking a joint casually in the open air. Now that I live in Vancouver, casual public marijuana smoking is more or less tolerated, even in the heart of downtown. Despite this dramatic shift of tolerance, I still have the urge to be discreet. To this end, my personal vaporizer seems to do the trick. Vapor’s a lot less heavy than smoke. But really I just don’t worry about getting “caught” anymore.
When I think about discreet smoking, I think back to college, finding hospitable alleyways, parks and always keeping a look out for the cops. I was in a fraternity in college and there was a policy against smoking marijuana in the fraternity house, even out in the back parking lot. So the smokers in the fraternity decided to make an informal smoking space out of the back lot of the nearby Baptist Center. Pretty funny I suppose. We never had any trouble with the Baptists, believe it or not.